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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Aug 29, 2011 8:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: It's here...

I just returned to a dark house after a lovely date. My new girlfriend, who happens to be one of those "Parrot Heads" dragged me to see a band (Ilo Ferriera) at the Stephen Talkhouse. The opening act turned out to be a solo acoustic Jimmy Buffett who played a terrific set, the highlight of which was a nice rendition of Uncle Johns Band which he dedicated to Bill and Hilary who just happened to be there. Buffet reverently explained that he first played the song on the eve of Jerry's passing. I think Bill and my girlfriend both had an idea Buffet was going to show up because I don't think either of them ever heard of the Cape Verdian pop singer.

Anyway, I get home and there is a giant box waiting on the front porch. Of course I know exactly what it is and open it immediately. Unfortunately, I have no electricity so I can't play any of the 72 discs and have to look at the accompanying literature by flashlight. But it's finally here!!!

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Aug 30, 2011 4:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's here...

My first impression: the most beautiful packaging of a music release ever?

Second impression: immediately reorganize discs to run in order down columns--makes more intuitive sense (to me), and the spectrum color scheme looks better that way.

This post was modified by Lou Davenport on 2011-08-30 23:38:52

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Aug 30, 2011 5:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's here...

That must have been great. Ilo is really good as well. He does a 15 min set before most Buffett gigs. We here on the west coast are bummed. No dates schedule for 2011 at this point. he may squeeze one in between Vegas shows in Oct but it seems the behavior of the CA parrot heads in Irvine has done him in for preferential treatment at Irvine meadows. Never been to the Talkhouse. Tried to squeeze a Southside Johnny show in there on vacation once but didn't have the time.

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Poster: fireeagle Date: Aug 30, 2011 4:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's here...

boom box w/batteries seems to be a very reasonable temporary solution

wish you well

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 29, 2011 8:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's here...

LOL, Cliff, now you know what I experience all the time in these parts! GD, check; electricity, nope.

Deadhead and Parrot Head ... interesting mix. But how do you know she's not just interested in your boat? (Kidding, kidding.)

Congratulations on the new arrival!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 29, 2011 9:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's here...

You obviously don't know what goes on in that boat...very serious fish stuff...smells, entrails, all the stuff that we love about CLIFF. She's probably running thru the list: boat? check; water? check; palm trees? hmmm...sandy beach? wait...sharks?! giant tuna??! WTF?

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 29, 2011 9:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's here...

It could always lead to another movie.

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Aug 30, 2011 12:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's here...

The Box That Came to Dinner?

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Poster: ice9freak Date: Aug 30, 2011 2:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's here...

My order was waiting for me on the front step after work. Beautiful trunk and artwork--worth every penny. I think I've earned it so far this week as rats (yes, rats!) have invaded my house. I was up all night freaking out, listening for the traps to go off (killed three last night, and one so far today...) and to add to it my bullshit landlady seems pretty matter-of-fact about the presence of lil' plague carriers. Wait, what was I talking about? Oh, right...

EUROPE '72!
EUROPE '72!
EUROPE '72!
EUROPE '72!
EUROPE '72!
EUROPE '72!
EUROPE '72!
EUROPE '72!
EUROPE '72!

(the remaining rats will die with the Wembley shows in their ears tonight!!)

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Aug 30, 2011 10:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's here... that's Weir (gotta love him)

It's astounding," said Weir, the Dead's vocalist-guitarist. "I'm not one of those folks -- I'm certainly not going to be wading through that (73-disc) collection myself. I have to wonder how much time they spend doing anything other than listening (to Dead)."
http://www.mercurynews.com/top-stories/ci_18791339

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Aug 31, 2011 12:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's here...

Random thoughts on the arrival of the wonderful box ...

The first thing I did with my shaking fingers was to put a slight tear in the cardboard cover of CD #20 - Lyceum 5/24.

Y'all know I'm not a huge Donna fan, but it seems like an intentional oversight that DJ does not have her own page in the band book - had she maybe not yet "officially" joined up?

And I had forgotten about this before it arrived, but think you'll appreciate it - my box is anachronistically personalized to "Clifton Hanger." Figured if I ever do decide to resell it I won't want my name on it.

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Poster: bkidwell Date: Aug 30, 2011 12:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's here...

MINE ARRIVED ALSO JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO AND I AM TOO EXCITED TO AVOID ALLCAPS!!

oh man, I can't even believe it, this is so awesome

I've been overwhelmed with real life stuff and havent been keeping up on the forum, but at this point, who cares about real life, I have GD to listen to...

Internet listening party begins now, think ill start with 4/8/72

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Poster: Skobud Date: Aug 30, 2011 4:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's here...

Dennis,

When you do get to listen, can you give me a heads up on 4/29 sound please? Ive always said this one flies under the radar becasue of the lack of a decent board. Thanks

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Aug 30, 2011 4:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's here...

Just got back from running a boat over to Mystic, CT for a new water pump and thankfully I returned to restored electric and internet services. Not to mention a hot shower.

Tim, I have the 4/29/72 Dark Star blasting right now and the intro just soars with a nice Feelin' Groovy theme. Of course the sound quality leaves the Sirmick SBD and Matt Vernon AUD in the dust. Really nice jazzy groove to this one. So much listening to do now...

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Aug 30, 2011 4:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's here...

Hey, I'll buy the drinks at the Daniel Packard next time over there...

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Aug 30, 2011 6:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's here...

Youve got to be kidding?

I was at Bayside Diesel on Water Street twice over the past two weeks. Right next to The Captain Daniel...

I didnt know you lived on The Shoreline :(

I'll be back there in late November or early December. Hope to meet you then!

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Aug 30, 2011 6:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's here...

No - I'm out in Monterey (work a stone's throw from Laguna Seca; live close to the aquarium) BUT used to have a girlfriend in New London and spent many a night in Mystic. Some good memories. I'll just show up and surprise you on one of your fishing trips one of these days (fyi, Susan and Derek for New Years at The Warfield in case you're out this way)

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Aug 31, 2011 11:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Small world

Daniel Packard Inn?? Just up the road from where Mrs. Mando and I used to live when we were stationed in Groton.

Do they still have John Courage Ale on tap??? That alone is worth a trip.

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Poster: Skobud Date: Aug 30, 2011 4:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's here...

Awesome. That is so good to hear. One of my all timers significantly upgraded. Glad you are well. Thanks Dennis.

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Aug 29, 2011 8:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's here...

They knew you'd have no electricity so if you look closely you'll notice they sent you 72 copies of IN THE DARK...... just kidding Cliff, hope you get power restored ASAP so can start enjoying your new discs!!!! Buffet also plays a great Scarlet Begonias! !!

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Poster: Tidewater four ten O nine Date: Aug 29, 2011 8:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's here...

Heh Cliff, if you've got no electricity, send it round here, we've got watts/amps/volts and all that kinda shit to spare!!!

And if you get bored with the parrot-head (?), send her over too ......

I'll send it back when mine arrives (the Thai customs are probably wondering what the f*ck does anyone want with 72 (or more?) CDs from an unknown San Franciscan band dating back to a tour of Europe in '72 (coincidence) and wondering how much duty to charge me).

OK, I'm a reasonable man - you can keep the book(s) and the ashtray (wot, no ashtray?) until dawn arrives and you get some daylight to enable you to read it ...........

If you start to miss her, I'll send the parrot-head back too!

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 29, 2011 9:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's here...

They're probably wondering if Grateful Dead is another word for Michael Jackson. Good luck. I can't imagine trying to get such a big package here. The customs duty alone would be insane. (It can be over 100 percent on some items -- dunno how they'd categorize a box of 72 CDs, but I can imagine it being confiscated as suspected porn. Or maybe it would fall under the category of Antiques.) Wonder how many offices you'll have to visit and how many pieces of paper you'll need ...

This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2011-08-30 04:32:56

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Aug 30, 2011 6:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's here...

A fascinating story, however I would have found it far more exciting if it was Warren Buffett who opened with an acoustic UJB.

can't even type a single sentence response without making a mistake. its going to be a long day.....

This post was modified by elbow1126 on 2011-08-30 13:21:22

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Aug 30, 2011 3:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's here...

Agreed about Warren. But then I doubt Bill and Hillary (with Secret Service agents) would have shown up...

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Aug 30, 2011 5:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's here...

You lead a charmed life! well, except for the lack of electricity.